Blue Star Recyclers (Colorado Springs, CO)


  • Name:William Morris

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Blue Star Recyclers
  • Address:100 Talamine Court
    Colorado Springs, CO 80907
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:7195976119
  • Main fax:7195976119

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  • Mission:
  • Blue Star Recyclers ethically recycles electronics and other universal waste materials to create local jobs for people with disabilities.

  • Overview:
  • Blue Star Recyclers is an award-winning 501(c)(3) social enterprise based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded in 2009, our mission is the ethical recycling of electronics and other materials to create local jobs for people with developmental disabilities - a workforce facing over 80% unemployment in Colorado. The jobs we create reduce dependence upon taxpayer-funded benefits (SSI/SSDI and Medicaid), while creating new taxpayers and consumers who now contribute to their communities.
    The achievement of our mission to date has produced the following triple-bottom line results:
    • 34 jobs for people with disabilities in 6 Colorado communities
    • 3 million pounds of electronics ethically recycled
    • Over $1 million in new local revenues produced
    • Over $500,000 in taxpayer savings from reduced utilization of benefits

  • History:
  • After a 25-year career in telecommunications, In 2008 I was working as a Program Manager for a disability services organization in Colorado Springs, CO. At the time there were over 50 people with developmental disabilities enrolled in my program, covering the full spectrum of functional abilities. I came across a small group in the back of the facility, who were disassembling electronic components - as part of an unpaid/volunteer work experience enclave. While they were languishing a bit and had no technical direction or competent supervision, it was clear that a large number of these individuals possessed an innate talent for the task. The more I watched, the more I became convinced that their skill levels and aptitude could be marketable in a competitive work environment.

    In June, 2008 I drafted the plan to create an vocational training program and employment enclave for this group. A few months later I secured the help of an electronics recycler in Denver, CO (GRX) who offered to pay our employees .05 per pound to disassemble computer materials into constituent base materials for downstream processing and recycling for re-manufacturing. We hired the first four employees in October, 2008 - and the employment program was moved to the GRX facility in Colorado Springs, CO. Within only months it became apparent that we were onto something special. The first major discovery was that the innate skill shared by most of the workers was tied directly to the autism spectrum. While all of them were diagnosed with a developmental disability, it was the autism in their diagnosis that produced the affinity for the work. The second discovery was that virtually every person in that program improved mentally, physically, and emotionally within only weeks of moving from the service provider setting (where I discovered them) to a conventional and integrated production employment setting. Evidence of this change came from a number of fronts: First, two individuals who had seizure disorder (and who had seizures almost daily in the service provider setting), no longer experienced seizures. Secondly, we went from almost daily incidents (emotional outbursts and conflicts with fellow participants) to no incidents on the work floor. Within a few months all the workers families commented that the overall state of being of their child/charge was better than they had ever witnessed prior.

    On the operational/business front, within six months the employment program payroll had become entirely self-sustaining. The incoming revenue from front-end recycling fees and the back end revenue from material separation was covering the payroll costs, with money to spare.

    In March of 2009 GRX Recycling sold its operations to Metech Recycling. While Metech initially seemed to be OK continuing to host the program at its Colorado Springs facility, it was clear we needed to establish our own operations for the program. In October, 2009 I came across Tony and Mary Fagnant in Colorado Springs, who owned a successful manufacturing business, and who had a vacant building they had been renting to an electronics re-marketer (Blue Star Electronics). That tenant had gone out of business, leaving the Fagnant's with a small warehouse space full of electronics in need of recycling. The Fagnant family not only provided our program with a new home in that same space, they invested over $250,000.00 of their personal income in helping us create a new organization for our program - called Blue Star Recyclers.

    Blue Star Recyclers was founded in November, 2009. Within three months I recruited a management team for operations and materials processing, and in March, 2010 we moved the production team of 6 individuals with disabilities from the Metch facility to the new Blue Star Recyclers facility.

    In 2010 we recycled approximately 600,000 lbs. of electronics and grew the team to 8 persons with disabilities. In 2011 we doubled that amount by recycling over 1.2 million pounds of electronics. In 2012 we expanded our team to 11 persons with disabilities, and recycled 1.3 million pounds of electronics. Our annual budget has increased from $250,000.00 in 2010 to just under $1 million for 2013. Combined with local jobs created by our VERN members, our organization has created 34 local jobs to date in 6 Colorado communities and recycled over 3 million pounds of electronics.

  • Year established:2009
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:6


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:27-5071916

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:275071916
  • Organization Name:BLUE STAR RECYCLERS
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 64435
  • Organization City:COLORADO SPGS
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80962-4435
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 2011
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$522,011
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,668,092
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$987,188
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 8:52:09 pm

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